What we do

Who we work with

Creative Carbon Scotland works across the arts with individuals and organisations including:

  • Artists, craftspeople, technicians and producers
  • Visual art and craft galleries, studios and workshops
  • Literature organisations, publishers and libraries
  • Theatres
  • Music venues
  • Screen production companies and cinemas
  • Touring companies
  • National performing arts companies
  • Festivals
  • Arts agencies
  • Funding bodies and local authorities

Current work

We work on three fronts, believing that only by working across the realms of individuals, organisations and policy can real change take place.

We work with artists and other individuals who are interested in how environmental sustainability connects with their work, whether they work on their own or with or for larger organisations.

We provide Scottish arts organisations with training in carbon measurement, reporting and reduction. We support nearly 120 key organisations in mandatory carbon reporting to Creative Scotland, and we work with Creative Scotland to develop their environmental sustainability policy for the organsiations they support. Many organisations use our carbon counting tools and resources, including our own www.claimexpenses.com, which uses a web-based expenses claim system to track travel-related carbon emissions.

We work on policy and strategy with ‘influencing organisations’ which shape the landscape through their policies, their funding, the premises or resources they provide and the regulations or guidance they shape.

Future work

We are developing a programme of residencies, placing artists in both arts- and non-arts organisations, as we believe that the things artists know and they way they think and do things has a contribution to make to changing the way we organise our society which will help move it towards a more sustainable future.

We are developing an understanding of ‘metrics’ which connect raw carbon emissions to arts organisations’ activity, so that they can more effectively manage and reduce their environmental impacts.

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About Creative Carbon Scotland

We believe cultural and creative organisations have a significant influencing power to help shape a sustainable Scotland for the 21st century.

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Supported by

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A project initiated by Edinburgh’s Festivals with key partners the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network

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